Large Skipper
  Ochlodes venata
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Overview

The distribution maps show that this species is widespread in Cumbria, but its population is greatly reduced nowadays. In the 1990’s it was much more numerous and whilst it is not considered to be under threat, there is no doubt numbers have dwindled significantly. It is very similar to the Small Skipper with which it can be easily mistaken.


Where to look

Found almost anywhere but the best places are on the Cumbrian coastal strip from Furness northwards, with the West Cumbria coastal ‘brownfield’ sites being very good. Inland, there are colonies in most coppiced clearings and glades in south Cumbrian woodlands.


When to look

First week in June until first week in August